Richard Metcalf Cohen MBA, PhD (scam warning)

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This is a typical business-investment/loan-offer scam message. (Read more about how advance-fee scams of this kind work.) If you make the mistake of replying, the scammer will string you along until you send him an “advance fee” to start the (imaginary) loan going, and then he’ll disappear with your money, never to be heard from again.

Subject: Re: Business Proposal
From: “Richard Metcalf Cohen MBA, PhD.” newgencapital1@belltea.co.nz
Date: Sun, 22 Nov 2015
Reply-To: newgencapital1@1email.eu

Attn: Dear sir/Madam,

We are offering you a business opportunity and providing investment funding in any lucrative business you possess the competence to manage.

We are an angel investment company based in London, United Kingdom and we offer funding in a form of a direct loan at a low interest rate at 5% per annum. We are also open to Joint Venture at 30% Return On Investment (R.O.I) for a period of 5 years with an option for re-investment once both parties involved are satisfied with the profit accrued from the project.

Feel free to send your business plan, executive summary and financial projection for review prior to funding. We are willing to sign a Non Disclosure agreement with you upon request for your protection.

We look forward to doing business with you.

Respectfully yours,

Richard Metcalf Cohen MBA, PhD.
CEO NEWGEN CAPITAL LTD

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Email Scammers Use Victim to Smuggle Drugs

It’s easy to laugh at the wild claims that appear in email scam messages — rich deposed dictators who need your help, millionaire widows dying of cancer, hidden bank accounts that belonged to a long lost relative. But it’s important to remember that the people who send these messages in an organized way are real criminals.

A story this week from New Zealand reports on a man who was hooked by a regular email scammer, and after a very long period of contact, during which the man kept giving money to the scammer and still didn’t catch on, he was tricked by the scammer into smuggling a large quantity of illegal drugs into New Zealand.

The relationship between the scammer and this victim started in the usual way. “A ‘Daniel Tucker’ sent an email claiming to work for the United Nations in Nigeria. He told Mr Miranda that the UN had set aside US$8.5 million to repay the $100,000 and use the remaining balance to build an orphanage in New Zealand. The money never arrived.”

Eventually, the victim “was lured to Papua New Guinea on the promise of picking up US$8.5 million in cash. He returned empty-handed — except for some extra luggage, which a man who called himself ‘Daniel Tucker’ asked him to take.” When customs officials X-rayed the luggage they found “1.5kg of methamphetamine hidden in secret compartments in the padding.”

Fortunately in this case, the victim was able to cooperate with authorities and set up the real drug smugglers, who were eventually captured.

W. Coulibaly, Poisoned Cocoa Merchant

Poor Miss Linda Smith! She and her daughter Aishat need your help recovering a fortune in gold dust left to her by a wealthy gold and cocoa merchant who was poisoned by his partners. Such drama! It almost makes you want to reply, just to find out how the story will be spun.

from: Personal Link personalinfo8@yahoo.co.nz
date: Fri, Oct 9, 2009 at 5:26 PM
subject: FROM: Miss Linda Smith,

FROM: Miss Linda Smith,

Dear Friend ,

Greetings.I am Miss Linda Smith , 24, Sierra-leonean , presently based in Cote d’ivoire and was mistress to Mr W.Coulibaly who was a wealthy Gold/Cocoa Merchant.He died on the 8rd October, 2008 and suspected to have been poisoned by his partners in one of his business trips abroad.Upon his death , his extended family drove me and my only daughter,out of the family residence and claimed he had a legally wedded indegineous wife with two children .I am not disputing this and explained that my daughter, Aishat should be allowed to stay but this fell on deaf ears saying my child is an illegimate child because of their greed.I have lost my parents and contact with my extended family who were againt my relationship with Mr W.Coulibaly .Before his death,on the 14th,July,2006,which is the birthday of Aishat,he had given me secretly a certificate of deposit of a financial institution where he had deposited some magnaniuous funds with 96KG of Gold dust and explained all these were deposited as family valuables and none of his family member is aware of this.I am now seeking assistance in order to get this funds/Gold and also seek your advice for any profitable business that I can invest in your country of abode.For your assistance,support and co-operation ,I am ready to offer 25% of the total funds and immediately I read from you will send more information and proofs.I thank you in anticipation .

Sincerely,
Miss Linda Smith

Dr Smith Williams and Mr Collins Doglas

Some scammers in their messages adopt the literary strategy of beginning in medias res. “You know that money I was going to send you?” “Um, no, I don’t … but, hmm, you mean you were going to send me money? Um, yeah, I remember now….” They try to take advantage of basic psychology and hope that people will respond claiming to remember the earlier non-existent communications. People who do that are seen right away as easy targets, and the next stage of the scam can begin.

from: Smith Williams smithwilliams180@yahoo.co.nz
date: Wed, Oct 7, 2009 at 3:07 PM
subject: I DID NOT FORGET YOUR PAST EFORT THANKS.

Dear Friend

I’m happy to inform you about my success in getting those funds transfered, i didn’t forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me as of that time.

Now feel free and get in touched with my secretary Mr Collins Doglas in Cotono, Benin Republic on his E-mail address ( collinsdoglas@sify.com) Tel +229-98-38-10-76 ask him to send you the total of $1.500,000.00 usd, which i kept for your rewarding for all the past efforts and attempts to assist me in this matter.

presently i’m very busy here in Paraguay because of the investment projects which i and the new partner are having at hands.Send to Mr Collins Doglas the listed details below to avoid wrong delivery

1.YOUR FULL NAME
2.YOUR HOUSE OR OFFICE ADDRESS
3.YOUR HOME PHONE NUMBER
4.YOUR MOBILE NUMBER
5.YOUR AGE
6.YOUR OCCUPATION
7.A COPY OF YOU PICTURE TO AVOID WRONG DELIVERY

Signed
Dr.Smith Wulliams

I DID NOT FORGET YOUR PAST EFORT THANKS.

Dr. Williams Megass, DHL Express

Hurry up or you will miss your millions! “The only fees you have to pay the DHL Courier Company is ($165usd) for the creating of the Certificate of Origin in your favour before the DHL Company can deliver your consignment box to you.” A mere $165 to receive $8.5 million isn’t bad, is it? Too bad it’s all a scam: there really is no bank draft, no “Mr. Megass,” and no fortune coming your way. There’s just a scammer trying to make a quick $165 from you.

from: John Paul (johnpaul7762@yahoo.co.nz)
date: Sat, Oct 3, 2009 at 8:22 PM
subject: CONTACT D.H.L COURIER COMPANY FOR YOUR PACKAGE

Gooday Sir/Madam,

I have been waiting for you since to contact me for your Confirmable Bank Draft of $8.500.000.00 Million United States Dollars, but I did not hear from you since for a couple of weeks now. Then I went to the bank to confirm if the draft has expired or getting near to expire and Dr. Eze the Director Bank of Africa told me that before the draft will get to your hand that it will expire. So I told him to cash the (Eight Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars Only) $8.500.000.00 Million UNITED STATES DOLLARS to cash payment to avoid losing the fund.

What you have to do now is to contact dhl Courier Comapny as soon as possible to know when they will deliver your Consignment to you before the expiring date. For your information, I have paid for the delivering Charge.

The only money you will send to the DHL Courier Comapny to deliver your Consignment direct to your postal Address in your country and the only fees you have to pay them is ($165usd) for the creating of the Certificate of Origin in your favour before the DHL Company can deliver your consignmet box to you., I would have paid that but they said no because they don’t know when you will contact them and in case of demurrage.

Note: You have to contact DHL Courier now for the delivery of your Consignment box with this information below:

DR.WILLIAMS MEGASS
DIRECTOR,DHL FOREIGN DELIVERY SECTION
Email: dhlcourier45@sify.com
Tel: +229 98817873
DHL EXPRESS COURIER COMPANY Benin Republic.

Finally, make sure that you reconfirm your Postal address and Direct telephone number to them again to avoid any mistake on the Delivery and ask them to give you the tracking number to enable you track your package over there and know when it will get to your address.\Let me repeat again try to contact them as soon as you receive this mail to avoid any further delay and remember to pay to send them the charges for the creaing of Certificate of Origin in your name|favour.

Note :The DHL Courier don’t know the contents of the Box. I registered it as a BOX of Africa cloths. The DHL Courier did not know that the Box contain money. I did this for security reason and to aviod delaying with the BOX . I am waiting for your urgent response.

Yours Faithfully,
Mr. John Paul